Many expect Leonard Fournette to be a first-round draft pick this spring. But one scout thinks fellow LSU RB Derrius Guice may actually be the better NFL prospect.
Bleacher Report’s Matt Hayes wrote Tuesday about how Guice’s upbringing shaped him as a player. Hayes asked one NFL talent evaluator about Guice’s pro future, and his response was glowing.
“The way (Guice) runs, my guess is half or more (of teams in the league) would take him over Fournette right now,” an anonymous AFC scout told Hayes.
Guice will be eligible to declare for the draft after next season. He has 1,249 rushing yards and 14 rushing touchdowns this season. And Guice will get a chance to add to those numbers in the Citrus Bowl. He will start for the Tigers against Louisville since Fournette is skipping the game to get healthier before the 2017 draft process begins.
The scout pointed to Guice’s relentless, determined running style as the reason many teams might like the sophomore over Fournette. He said Guice “runs like he might never run again.” He said teams want that kind of desire in their running backs.
“You have to understand, it’s not just highlight plays in this league,” the scout said. “It’s the ability to grind over four quarters, and yeah, it’s absolutely the want and desire to run the ball.”
LSU will face Louisville on Saturday at 11 a.m. ET on ABC.